Robert A. "Bob" Schulte

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Robert A. "Bob" Schulte

Des Moines

Bob Schulte died surrounded by family on Monday, April 21, 2014 at The Kavanagh House.

Deeply beloved husband of Mary Ellen, beloved Father of Roberta, Bob Jr. and his wife Rachel Tone, Paul and his wife Suzanne, Jonathan and his wife Shelly, Sarah and her husband Sean Hostetter, dearest Grandfather of Sadie Jane, Charlie, Frankie, Will, Mary Grace, Lily, Eddie, Jonathan, Sophia, Greta, Sayla and Max; Brother of Tom Schulte (Pat), Terrie Pierce (Pete), Mary Arnold (Glenn); Brother-in-law of Vincent Bick and wife Junko, Tom Bick and wife Judy, and T. J. Bick, with many loving nieces and nephews, cousins, and wonderful friends and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Ida Schulte.

Bob was born in St. Louis, Mo. on Dec. 10, 1941 and in 1964 he married his love of his life, Mary Ellen Bick. They have been married for 49 years.

In 1966 he was relocated by Hallmark Cards as a sales representative to Des Moines. Iowa and it has been their home ever since.

After that he dabbled in real estate, stocks and bonds, and insurance until in 1972 he started working for the city of Des Moines. During his 40 years with the city he was an operations manager, and an administrative manager, monitoring programs operated by non-profit and government agencies. He provided technical assistance to neighborhood boards and a central citizens' board providing information and status reports on the effect of HUD funded programs. He was also very influential in starting the neighborhood Scrub program. After many years of service, he retired in 2012.

Bob has been known for his wonderful personality. At many parties he entertained everyone as "The Amazing Carnac" or "Baby New Year" and has come in first place at the St Patrick's Day parade leading people in a lawn chair brigade.

His favorite hobby was golf, and if he wasn't playing it, he was watching it on TV. He was also an ardent Cardinals fan, and had just attended the World Series baseball game in St. Louis with his 3 sons last fall. He was also an avid reader and did an excellent job at doing the daily crossword puzzle. As a father, he was a Little League coach and soccer coach and went to all of his childrens' football, basketball, softball, soccer, cross-country races, dance recitals, piano recitals, art shows, and horseshows. Then, as a grandfather, he did all of those things all over again, with the addition of swim meets. He has always been very proud of his children and his grandchildren. Of course, his favorite thing was getting together for 22 birthday parties a year with his lovely family. He will truly be missed.

Bob was also quite an athlete. Two of his endeavors that he was rather proud of were playing football for Washington University in St. Louis and running the Marine Corp. Marathon in Washington D.C. to raise money for Leukemia &Lymphoma. He did many other road races, including Dam to Dam many times.

His family would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful Caregivers at the Jewish Senior Life Center and at the Kavanagh House on 56th for all of their loving care and support. His wife would like to thank all of his family and loyal friends for their many, many visits that brightened his days during his illness.

Bob wished to donate his body to the Des Moines University and his memorial service will be at Iles Dunn's Chapel. His family will be receiving visitors from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25, with a short service at 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be a celebration of life party following the ceremony at the funeral home at the Blank Park Golf Course Clubhouse. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Iowa or The Charitable Print Trust, 726 Polk Blvd., Des Moines, IA 50312.


Funeral Home
Iles Funeral Home - Dunn's Chapel
2121 Grand Ave Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 244-2121
Funeral Home Details
Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 23, 2014
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